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Ethics panel approves Richie Farmer's plea deal

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has approved an agreement with former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer to resolve administrative charges related to his management of the state Department of Agriculture.
   
That agreement is part of an overall deal that will also resolve government corruption charges pending in state and federal court.
   
Farmer, who played on a University of Kentucky team dubbed the Unforgettables," faces about 2 years in prison under a plea deal announced Thursday. He had been scheduled to stand trial Oct. 22 on a five-count federal indictment. He is expected to enter guilty pleas to the criminal charges on Friday.
   
Farmer, who led the Department of Agriculture from 2004 through 2011, could have been sentenced to 10 years in prison if he had been convicted.

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